Monday, April 21, 2014

DNA Day is April 25 -- This Friday -- Be on the Lookout for DNA Testing Sales

Wikipedia calls it a holiday to commemorate the day "in 1953 when James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, Rosalind Franklin and colleagues published papers in the journal Nature on the structure of DNA." Fifty years later, The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives proclaimed a one-time celebration of DNA Day on April 25, 2003. But that has not stopped groups from celebrating the day every year since.

The National Human Genome Research Institute even has a web page devoted to events going on in regards to DNA Day.

Though we do not get a day off work for DNA Day, what we usually get (at least for the last several years) are various sales on DNA testing kits. DNA Day is this Friday, April 25.

So if you are interested in doing a DNA test on yourself or a family member, keep an eye out for announcements of DNA Day Sales. Maybe as early as Wednesday or Thursday but perhaps not until the day itself. In the meantime, if you have not already, prepare yourself by learning about the various tests available, how they may help you in your research, and about the various companies that offer the tests.

All three of the major genealogy-related DNA testing companies offer Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and learning/information pages on the different tests and what each can do for you. These companies are:

FamilyTree DNA DNA


As I learn of the sales, I'll add posts about them here.


Monday, April 7, 2014

Back to Basics: How to Record Sources 2.0 is the topic of this Wednesday's Let's Talk...Genealogy meeting

This Wednesday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in the Genealogy/Local History Room of the Mount Clemens Public Library is MCGG's Let's Talk...Genealogy meeting. The discussion topic of the night is Back to Basics: How to Record Sources 2.0. We'll revisit sourcing/citing our genealogy -- often a source of questions itself.

Also, the topic of Let's Talk...Genealogy's May meeting will be My Best Research Trip where we'll share our best research trips (no slide shows please) and perhaps inspire some for this summer.

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Follow-up to Friday MCGG Meeting

As most of you know our scheduled speaker was sick and unable to make our meeting.

Our backup plan was a video on searching with a little digital organization suggestion thrown into the mix. In the question and answer afterwards we showed a few websites. Here is a list of them for you.

Quaker Archives
The Friends Historical Library 
The direct link to the New York Yearly Meeting Search Page 

Sites with links or lists of Newspapers

International Coalition on Newspapers (ICON) Newspaper Digitization Projects

Data Visualization Project (Stanford University) Growth of Newspapers Across the US 1690-2011

Michigan State University Library Guide to Newspapers

Library of Congress' Chronicling America

Here's a few we forgot to mention:

Central Michigan University has a newspaper list by County which indicates pay/fee or free.

Our Ontario Community Newspapers Collection

There is also a blog that has a pretty comprehensive list of Canada's progress with digitization of its newspapers.

Last but Not Least

We forgot to mention that if you are interested in Saving Money while doing genealogy, watch this week's Legacy Family Tree Webinar by Thomas MacEntee, "7 Habits of Highly Frugal Genealogists." It was presented on Wednesday, April 2. The archived webinar will be free to view until Wednesday, April 9.  Only Legacy Webinar members can view the archived webinars and access the handouts at any time.

Our Ann said there is a tip on how to save 30% off your Ancestry membership if you belong to AARP. You end up having to call Ancestry (which she did). If you have a membership you can get the discount when you renew. Ancestry put a notation in her file but told her to call again when they notify her that her renewal is coming up. The discount is runs until March 2015. Watch the webinar to learn more. Also, here is the Ancestry discount information from the AARP website.

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library! 


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Sourcing -- Who Needs It Anyway? is Friday, April 4 Meeting Topic

It appears the Macomb County Genealogy Group has made April the month of Sourcing.
On Friday, April 4, at 1:00 pm in the auditorium of the Mount Clemens Public Library, Karen Krugman will present Sourcing -- Who Needs it Anyway?

If you are in the Mount Clemens area, PLEASE JOIN US.  

And stay tuned for the Let's Talk...Genealogy meeting post for another take on sourcing.

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library! 


Breaking News -- All Missing and Burnt Records from Everywhere Have Been Found! It's a ...

miracle? ... No, It's April Fool's Day!

Hope you got a chuckle and are not too disappointed with my genealogy humor.

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library! 


Thursday, March 20, 2014

MCGG Resource Development Session is tomorrow Friday, March 21

Got some free time tomorrow afternoon? 

On Friday, March 21, at 1:00 pm in the auditorium of the Mount Clemens Public Library, we are holding one of our MCGG Resource Development Sessions.
What is a Resource Development Session? It is where those of us who want to contribute back index circuit court and other Macomb County records to create databases to help other researchers. It does not matter if you have Macomb County ancestors or not. It's a nice way to help others; learn what is involved in an indexing projects; and if you do have Macomb County ancestors ... who knows you might just find one. 

So for those of you who are in the Mount Clemens area, PLEASE JOIN US

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library! 


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Cancelled -- Wednesday, March 12th Let's Talk...Genealogy Meeting

Hi Everyone!

Due to the long snow storm today that likely will not stop until after 3 p.m. and the probability that only the main roads will be cleared by tonight, I have decided to cancel today's Let's Talk...Genealogy discussion group meeting (Wednesday, March 12, 2014).

We will reschedule the topic for the Fall Session.

Sorry for the short notice. Please stay warm and safe. We'll see you at the April meeting.